iPhone 13: RAM does not change compared to iPhone 12, the performance of the A15 Bionic does

Shortly after the presentation of the new iPhone line the insights arrive on the aspects of the technical data sheet that Apple does not usually communicate. The first inevitable step is to establish the amount of integrated RAM memory and to provide it, as often happens, is Xcode (the software development environment for Apple platforms). Then we move on to quantify the increase in performance guaranteed by the new SoC. From the data that emerged in the last few hours it can be briefly said that: the RAM of the new iPhones 13 does not change compared to iPhones 12 , but the benefits of the A 15 Bionic yes, especially considering the GPU of the Pro models .

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To reveal how much RAM is in the iPhone case 10, 13 mini, 13 Pro and Pro Max is the beta version of Xcode 13:

  • iPhone 13 And 13 mini : 4GB of RAM (such as iPhone 12 And 12 mini)
  • iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max : 6GB RAM (such as iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max)

This year, therefore, Apple has made a more conservative choice than that of 2020: iPhones Pro and Pro Max had in fact gained 2GB of RAM compared to the corresponding (Pro) models of the end 2019, going from 4GB to 6GB of RAM; the non-Pro models, on the other hand, remained anchored to the 4GB of RAM.


The performance of the new Apple A SoC is different 15 Bionic who, according to the first benchmark results, it seems to bring with it a major performance improvement. During the presentation, Apple compared in percentage terms the increase in computing power compared to a generic competition (until 50% more for the CPU: up to 50% more for the GPU of the Pro and al models 30% of non-Pro models). The first results of Geekbench allow instead to outline a first comparison between the two latest generations of Apple chips.

Note: the results below are taken from some tests of the new models. They serve to have a rough idea of ​​the performances that could vary in the units destined for sale and with the increase in the number of tests (the more tests are launched, the more the average scores become reliable)

CPU chapter : sharing the same unit, with the same number of cores (6), results between iPhones 13 Pro and non-Pro are aligned in the tests of Geekbench 5 . The result is approximately 1. 725 points in single core and of 4. 330 points in multi- core . Compared to the CPU of the A 14 Bionic the increase of performance is respectively equal to approximately the 10% and the 18% .

But is the GPU sector to show the most significant step forward . iPhone 13 Pro (also identified as iPhone 14. 2) obtained a Metal Score of 14. 216 in Geekbench 5, i.e. a + 55% performance compared to iPhone 12 Pro.

The similar test carried out with iPhone 13 (iPhone 14. 5) returns a lower result, par ia 10. 608 (Metal Score ) which is in any case higher than about 15% compared to the iPhone score 12. The performance gap between iPhones 13 Pro and non Pro should not be surprising since Apple has specified that the GPU of the former is based on a 5 core architecture, which is reduced to 4 in the GPU dei non Pro.

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